Friday, 21 October 2016

Market Mix Review - October 2016 - Canadian Lifestyle Subscription Box

Canadian Box Addict paid for this box.
What is it? Market Mix
How Much? $39.95/month, plus $10 shipping. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What’s in it? 4-6 hand-picked, small batch, Canadian products that you might find at your local farmers' market.

Market Mix is a new Canadian subscription box, based in Calgary. Each month, Market Mix sends the farmers' market to your doorstep. With Market Mix, you will receive hand-picked, small batch, local good, without having to go to all the markets yourself. Boxes may include a variety of treats, from candles to soaps and relishes to lotions. All products will be Canadian made!
Market Mix aims to get wholesome, local products to Canadians in a simple and delightful way – with a package full of goodies delivered every month! Buying from local producers stimulates the home economy and supports our neighbours, so Market Mix makes it easy and affordable.
First look!

The theme for October is "Bath Bliss". This box is full of products to add an extra level of relaxation to bath time. A quick glance at the info sheet shows that Market Mix is venturing west! There are four products from BC this month!

Saltspring Soapworks Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar ($6.95)
I like shampoo bars for travel. They don't count as a liquid or gel, don't take up much room, and last for months. You work the soap into a thick lather and use as you would regular shampoo. The rosemary mint bar smells great, and it's good for the scalp.

Bodylove Bathworks Tangerine Mint Loofah Bar (~$5)
This soap bar has a loofah right inside it! You can exfoliate and cleanse at the same time.

Barefoot Venus Coconut Kiss Bath Bliss ($5.50)
This powdered bath melt is made with mango butter to leave skin soft and kissed with a sweet coconut scent.

Apple Island Naturals Cedar Soap Dish ($8.95)
This dish is carved from one piece of cedar so there are no joints or fasteners to rust or come apart.

Melanie Mitchell Bath & Beauty Tranquil Essential Oil Mist ($15)
This mist is a blend of lavender, bergamot, tea tree, and citrus essential oils. Shake, spay above your face, and inhale deeply. It also doubles as a linen spray.

Buttery Bites Vanilla Caramels ($11)
These caramels are made by hand and they are so buttery and smooth, they just melt in the mouth.

The October Market Mix box included six products, valued around $53 Canadian. The Bath Bliss box is very well curated with some really fantastic local products. I love that they included a sweet treat as well!

Interested in a subscription? The November box is themed "Cozy Comfort". Order by October 27th and you will be guaranteed to receive the November box!

Click here to check out Market Mix

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Molr Dental Club Review - Canadian Dental Care Subscription Box

This package was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Molr Dental Club
How Much? Starts at $7 per shipment, plus tax. Shipping varies. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? Simple, effective oral health products sent to you exactly when you need them

Molr Dental Club is a new Canadian subscription that sends oral care products straight to your door. Dentists recommend you change your toothbrush four times per year, but if you're like me, you only change it when you go to the dentist and get a new free one! Molr Dental Club sends simple, effective oral health products, exactly when you need them. You can select your shipment frequency (every 2 or 3 months) and add additional products to your shipment.

There are a few different subscription options to choose from, and this review will look at all the different combinations and the products available for purchase. This is not a review of a typical mailing. When you subscribe, you will receive one of the five packages detailed below. 

The packaging is great! The mailing tube is stuffed with branded tissue paper. It fits in a condo sized mail box. The Ultimate Pack and the Electric Boogaloo 2 come in the mailing tube. The other packs come in a mailing envelope. Packs that include toothpaste are charged $5 shipping due to the added size and weight. Packs without toothpaste offer free shipping!

Select from these subscription options:

Base Camp - $7 per shipment, free shipping
Base Camp is the bare bones subscription. Get a new toothbrush and pack of floss every 2 or 3 months. Choose your toothbrush colour and floss type. This bundle is valued at $8.50.

The Lovers Pack - $11 per shipment, free shipping
Perfect for a family of two, this pack includes two toothbrushes and one pack of floss. These items are valued at $12.50.

Il Ultimo Paccheto - $16 per shipment, add $5 shipping
The ultimate package includes a full size tube of Marvis toothpaste in the flavour or your choosing, one charcoal infused bristle toothbrush, and one pack of dental floss. Purchased separately, these items would cost $20.50.

Electric Boogaloo - $13 per shipment, free shipping
This pack includes two electric toothbrush heads and a pack of floss. At this time, only Sonicare toothbrush heads are available.

Electric Boogaloo 2: The Freshness - $19 per shipment, add $5 shipping
Version 2 of Boogaloo gets you the full meal deal - two electric toothbrush heads, a full size tube of Marvis toothpaste, and a pack of floss.

You can also add-on additional products to your shipment.

Molr toothbrushes feature a compact, tapered shape and come in four different colours (pink and black also available). The Binchotan charcoal infused bristles are extra soft on your teeth and gums. Regular price of each toothbrush is $4.

The Binchotan charcoal infused bristles on these electric toothbrush heads fit any Sonicare brand electric toothbrush.

Molr offers two types of floss - Smooth Glide and Woven. Smooth Glide is waxed, non tearing and designed for tighter fits. Woven floss is made from woven strands of cotton. It is designed to grab more plaque from the surface of your teeth for a deeper clean. Each pack retails for $4.50.

Molr exclusively stocks Marvis toothpaste, an Italian brand that's minty and effective. There are seven flavours to choose from including Classic Strong Mint, Jasmine Mint, Aquatic Mint, Ginger Mint, Cinnamon Mint, Whitening Mint, and Amerelli Licorice. A little goes a long way, so one tube can last a couple months. One 3.8oz tube retails for $12.

So there is your complete look at Molr Dental Club. There is a subscription to fit every need and every budget. I think the Ultimate Package is the best value, and I love Marvis toothpaste so that's what I would go with. If you are just looking to replace your brush at regular intervals, the Base Camp package can't be beat! Just remember, although Molr ships from Canada, they do bill in US dollars.

Click  here to check out Molr Dental Club.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Curiosity Box Review - October 2016 - Canadian Kid's Subscription Box

This package was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Curiosity Box
How Much? $26.50/month. Save on 3, 6, and 12 month terms. Shipping included. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Themed box includes all instructions and supplies for 3 quality crafts, 1 unique activity, and 3-4 novelty items. For children aged 3-7.

Curiosity Box is a monthly box of crafts and activities to make it easy and convenient for parents to engage in creative time with their children. Curiosity Box was founded by a mom who was looking to spend more quality time with her son. 

Each monthly box includes all the supplies required for three unique craft projects, including crayons, markers, scissors, and glue (as required). You also get additional activity ideas and 3-4 novelty items for extra fun.

Along with subscription plans, Curiosity Box also offers single themed boxes for purchase, starting at $26.95, as well as party boxes. The Party Box is great for birthdays or special events and contains 2 themed crafts plus one activity for up to 8 children. The projects are aimed at children aged 3-7 years.

October's box features a "spook-tacular" Halloween theme!

The three crafts are laid out inside the booklet. This month we are making a Haunted House, a Reflector Spider Wristband, and a Skeleton Hanging Decoration. The instructions are a little advanced for younger kids to read and follow on their own, so some adult participation is required. I specify this because I've had people ask if there are kids boxes that don't require parental involvement.

The box also included some Halloween themed extras. We have a couple temporary tattoos, a sticky pumpkin thiny, a couple of finger puppets, and a jack-o-lantern light up necklace. 

Craft 1 is a Haunted House. It's made from using foam shapes, glue, and glue dots. It was an easy and fun activity that required minimal adult involvement. The kids chose to follow the picture from the instructions when decidig where to place some of the items.

Craft 2 is the Reflective Spider Wristband. This one uses foam pieces and round reflective plastic pieces, like you would find on a bicycle. On Halloween night, wrap the wrist band around your child's wrist to be more visible in the dark! It was another easy project that just required some glue.

The last craft project is the hanging Skeleton. This one is made with foam shapes and brads. The kids needed a bit more help with this one, to ensure they put the pieces in the right spot. We laid it out on the table first (and took the opportunity to learn about bones) then the kids set to work pushing the brads through the pre-punched holes to connect all the bones together. This one also came with a glow in the dark paint pen, but we omitted that step. A bag of stretchable "spider web" was included to aid in Halloween decorating!

The activity for October is a board game called Race to the Haunted House. Players take turns rolling the dice to make their way to the end. It works a bit like Snakes and Ladders, with brooms acting as ladders and ghosts acting as snakes! The box also included a small pack of crayons so the kids can colour the game sheet.

The October Curiosity Box included three Halloween themed crafts and one fun activity. The box also included some themed extras like temporary tattoos, stickers, finger puppets, and a mini colouring book. This is a great activity box for kids as it provides several different projects and activities to take you through the entire month. We did all of our crafts in one day, but you could easily spread it out and do one project a week. The projects are easy enough for little hands to tackle them alone, but it's even better with adult involvement! 

Click here to check out Curiosity Box.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Roasters Pack Review - October 2016 - Canadian Coffee Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? The Roasters Pack
How Much? $29.99/month. Save on 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions. Includes tax and shipping!
What's in it? Three 4oz bags of fresh coffee beans, roasted by independent Canadian roasters

The Roasters Pack is a Canadian coffee subscription service. Each month, The Roasters Pack sends three roasts from three different artisan roasters. The independently roasted beans can make approximately 30 cups of coffee. You can choose your grind or go with whole bean. If you are ordering for a group or workplace, larger packages are available as well.
We dig to find coffee roasters that aren't available on your average grocery shelf but are producing exceptional coffee. For the one beverage most folks drink daily, we want to make it as enjoyable and interesting as possible. Our goal is to put the light on some of the smaller roasters who are creating a great product but don't have the means to get through the regular channels of distribution.
Along with three packages of coffee each month, The Roasters Pack also offers tasting notes and special extras. On their website, you can find in depth information about the roast and the roaster behind it.
All our roasters have a unique story to tell. Through videos, photographs and interviews of the roasters, we present a unique and intimate perspective on their craft. We share their coffee, their story and then share a portion of the profits with the charity.
First look!

De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Biloya
This roasting company is based in Toronto. Sourced from Ethiopia, these beans have notes of red grape, mango, and rose. The info card includes instructions for the perfect French pressed coffee.
Biloya is an intense but sweet coffee with a chocolate and red grape aroma. It has a rosy, yogurt-like acidity with a full, syrupy mouthfeel. Mango & stone fruit flavours are easy to detect and the finish is rich and pleasant.
Pilot Coffee Roasters  El Centro
Pilot is also based in Toronto. El Centro is sourced from Costa Rica and channels notes of toffee and dried fruits. 
It starts off with notes of toffee, which blend into a subtle background of dried fruit. With a heavier body and syrupy mouthfeel, this coffee stands out as having a lot of flavour while being super easy drinking.
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
49th Parallel is based in Burnaby, just outside Vancouver. My local independent coffee shop exclusively uses 49th Parallel beans, so I'm quite familiar with them. This is a blend sourced from Honduras with notes of mixed berries, dried figs, and vanilla.
Most producers in the higher altitudes of Santa Barbara, they all have a very distinct acidity with different tropical fruits and different berries, they’re not the loudest coffees, but they’re really complex.
The October box from The Roasters Pack included three pouches of coffee from three different Canadian coffee roasters. In total, this box included 12 ounces of whole bean coffee, which will produce around 30 cups of coffee. That's enough to get me through the entire month! Each pack also includes a discount code to order more coffee online, direct from the roasters. This is a great subscription for any coffee lover, and a great way to support local Canadian businesses.

Click here to check out The Roasters Pack.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Little Life Box Review - October 2016 - Canadian Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Little Life Box
How Much? $19/month plus $8 shipping. Tax extra. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Up to a dozen organic, natural, health conscious samples.

Little Life Box is a Canadian subscription service that sends a box full natural and Eco-friendly
samples of carefully selected products, including non GMO, gluten free, and raw or vegan choices. Products may include snacks, cosmetics, supplements, vitamins, and more. Items included in the box vary each month, and Little Life Box guarantees that you will never receive the exact same product sample twice. A vegan option is available for purchase as well. 

Little Life Box allows health conscious amateurs and epicureans to discover new healthy and organic items without having to blindly pay the full price. Their mission is to encourage people to make better choices with their everyday staples by helping them discover new ones every month.

Click here to see all my Little Life Box reviews.

The card says "I don't need an inspirational quote. I need a pumpkin spiced latte."
True story!

First look!

Amore di Mona Vegan Caramela & Cranberries Chocolate
Amore di Mona makes vegan and non-GMO quality chocolates, chocolate bars, and truffles. This cranberry and caramel chocolate was delicious... and it was the first thing I ate, so it isn't in the final "group shot" at the end of the post.

Herbamare Original (10g sample)
Herbamare is a herb, spice, and sea salt blend that replaces conventional table salt.

SweetSpot Labs On the Go Wipes (3 wipes, $1.70)
Made by women, for women, SweetSpot Labs wipes use 98% natural ingredients, are clinically tested and gynecologist recommended. They also sell a wash that is available from

Caboo Bamboo & Sugarcane Facial Tissue (Pocket Pack, $0.50)
Caboo paper products are made from bamboo and sugarcane, two grasses that grow within 1-2 years, and go back on their own after harvesting. No replanting required. It's a sustainable alternative to hardwoods.

Clipper Teas - Rise & Shine Herbal and Indian Chai
Clipper teas are Fair Trade sourced and completely natural. There are no artificial colours, flavours, or ingredients.

Pur Mints in Spearmint ($2.79)
Pur mints are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, nut and soy free, sugar free, AND aspartame free. You may be wondering... what the heck is in them? They are made with corn fibre and sweetened with xylitol.

A-Sha Seaweed Snacks ($2.99)
Roasted seaweed is a great, low fat and low calorie snack, jam packed with minerals and nutrients.

Burt's Bees Wild Cherry Lip Balm ($4.99)
This moisturizing lip balm has cherry oil cold pressed from cherry seed kernels.

Purelygreat  Cream Deodorant in Citrus ($10.99)
This cream deodorant is vegan friendly and aluminum free. One 50g jar lasts for 2-3 months!

Clif Kid Z Bar Chocolate Brownie (5 pack, $4.99)
Clif Kid bars are organic and baked whole grain snacks. They're made with a blend of carbohydrates, fibre, protein, and fat to help maintain energy.

Edgy Veggies Crackers in Roasemary & Roasted Butternut Squash (full size, ~$4)
These crackers are gluten free and enriched with a dried vegetable and flour blend. This is a new Canadian product! Last month I received Sweet Corn & Chipotle flavour.

The October Little Life Box included 11 items, valued over $33 Canadian. I really like the items this month. It's great to get a mix of healthy food and beauty items and that's exactly what Little Life Box delivered.

If you are interested in ordering Little Life Box, use promo code OCTOBER to save $5 off the first month of a monthly subscription (not valid on 3 or 12 month terms). This code is only valid until the end of the month. After October, use code jill10 at checkout to save 10% off your first month of monthly subscription. This is valid for new subscribers only, with the purchase of a monthly plan (not valid on 3 or 12 month terms). 

Click here to check out Little Life Box.
Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.